Born in Holland He departed the Netherlands May 23rd 1903 on the ship SS Noordam arriving at the port in New York, New York on June 1st 1903, he made a home in Kalamazoo Michigan and returned to The Netherlands in 1906 to purchase a ticket to America for his bridesmaid.
She left Groningen, Netherlands from the port in Rotterdam on April 6th 1907 with the ticket to Michigan paid for by him on the ship Niew Amsterdam she arrived at the port in New York where he was waiting for her. They married and lived in Comstock, Michigan working as Celery Farmers, after his death she returned to the Netherlands for a visit with their three children returning back to the USA June 25th 1928.
While there the youngest son learned the trade of baker and in 1945 he moved to California bringing his wife and the first three of four children born to this family, the last son being born in California. Yucaipa, California was the home of the bakery he started and for thirteen years the family proudly ran this successful bakery.
His oldest son worked along side his Dad in the family bakery, learning the trade mastered in Holland from his Dad the son of a proud Dutch immigrant. In 1960 this Son married the love of his life and from this union a Daughter was born, this Daughter the Great Grand Daughter of the man who bought a ticket to America for the Woman he loved and crossed the ocean to live the American Dream is the Girl who said yes when I asked her to marry me.
I shared this story with you over a year ago believe it or not, I thought of it when I woke up this morning and remembered that fourteen years ago on Sunday is the day we said I do, the town we lived in at the time is like a lot of small towns, rumors fly and naysayers lie in wait for their predictions to come true, the rumor on our union was that it wouldn’t last six months.
One hundred and sixty two months past the six-month period I wonder if the naysayers have realized that they were wrong, I have a feeling no one outside of Cindy and I won the bet; the only thing I have to say about this is;
Happy Anniversary Baby